Polyflon Technology are excited to be sponsoring an up and coming individual who is currently ranked as 5th in Britain and 1st Junior for Canoe Slalom. Canoe Slalom is a spectacular watersport which requires a great deal of skill, stamina and courage whereby competitors have to navigate a decked canoe through a course of river rapids in the fastest time.
Alfie Boote, an 18 year old from Stone in Staffordshire, is a member of Stafford & Stone Canoe Club which boasts various Olympic paddlers. He has been taking part in Canoe Slalom since 2013 and, with hard work and dedication, he has successfully worked his way up through the divisions and rankings over the years. By 2015 Alfie was training 4-5 times a week and racing in Division 1, and by 2018 he was training 12-18 sessions a week and racing at many venues including Lee Valley, Cardiff and Holme Pierrepont.
Alfie’s next races in July include the Junior European Championships in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia and the Junior World Championships in Krakow, Poland. Commenting on the races Alfie said; “I am looking forward to going to places and training on some really good world class courses as I will further my experience, and I’m excited to see how I can perform at the huge races as there will be a lot of pressure to do well. But I feel that if I do everything I can to be the best leading up to it there won’t be any nerves as I know what I can do if I focus on it.”
Polyflon’s Managing Director, Francis Pedley adds; “As part of our commitment to support local businesses and individuals, we’re delighted to sponsor Alfie. In addition, Alfie has been cared for by the NHS paediatric respiratory team at UHNM since birth, due to a severe respiratory condition. Our close links to the NHS and medical sector, through Polyflon Medical, make this support for Alfie even more important to us. It’s fantastic to see that he leads such an active life and is so successful in what he’s doing.”
With inspiration from 3 time Olympic Champion, Tony Estanguet, Alfie’s ultimate dream is to dominate the world scene in Canoe Slalom and go to the Olympics in Paris in 2024. We will be closely following his progress throughout the season, and wish him all the best with his imminent races.
Update: We are delighted to hear that Alfie has been selected for the UK Sport Lottery Funded World Class Program (WCP) 2020 Season. A rigorous selection process was conducted by British Canoeing, in which athletes’ past and current performance was analysed and an assessment was made against their potential to win medals at Tokyo 2020 and future Olympic games. We wish Alfie all the best for his progress in 2020. Read more information here.